The daiquiri is an extremely popular tropical cocktail and it comes in many fruity forms. When you're looking for a simple, delicious blended treat, give the frozen lime daiquiri a try. It's the ultimate way to cool down on a hot summer day.
This recipe is very basic and it should be adapted to your taste. Unlike the original shaken lime daiquiri, the ice used in the blended version can make it a little dull. To give it a boost of flavor, you'll find it best to use an aged rum and a dark sugar in your simple syrup. When paired with fresh lime juice, it creates a drink that is as intriguing as it is cooling.
As in any daiquiri and margarita recipe, there is potential to add even more flavor. With a little extra fruit or liquor, you can transform this recipe into an entirely new experience. Have fun with what you toss in the blender and enjoy your experiments.
Blend the ingredients until it reaches the desired thickness.
Pour into a chilled collins glass.
Garnish with the lime wedge.
Adjust to Taste
The measurements given are a good starting point for a balance of sweet and sour. You may find that you enjoy more or less of any of the three ingredients.
Blended drinks don't always come out perfect the first try, but fixing them is very easy. If the mix is too juicy, add more ice. If it is too thick, add more juice. Blend again and adjust as needed.
With a flavor as transparent as lime, you don't want to add too much ice, though. One way to keep the ice in check is to ensure all your ingredients are cold before adding them to the blender. Your rum is safe in the freezer and you can juice your limes ahead of time and give it a quick freeze as well.
You might even find it convenient to freeze lime juice cubes. When it's time to make a drink, simply toss a few into the blender. This can also be done with your own custom mix of lime and syrup, which makes each daiquiri you make even faster to whip up.
Choose Your Rum
The choice of rum is going to be a personal one. There is really no need to use your best rum here; a good mid-range rum will be perfect.
While white rum may be a good choice for a full-flavored strawberry daiquiri, a lime daiquiri needs a little more dimension. This is the perfect time to use your favorite gold or aged rum. For even more flavor, consider a spiced or flavored rum.
Fresh lime juice is going to make a far better daiquiri than any bottled juice you can buy. It is key to finding that balance between sweet and sour and many of the bottled lime juices are too sour or too sweet. However, the average lime yields less juice than this recipe calls for, so make sure that you are prepared with plenty of limes.
Raw Sugar Syrup
With only three ingredients, it's important to think about every element that goes into this drink. In the same way that choosing a darker rum is going to give this daiquiri a deeper flavor, your choice in the simple syrup will too.
Most of the time, simple syrup is made with white sugar. If you switch to a darker sugar, your drink will instantly get a boost of flavor. Use a turbinado or demerara sugar instead; Sugar in the Raw is a good choice that is relatively easy to find at most grocers.
Though some other drinks may be able to handle it, it's best to avoid syrups made with artificial sweeteners. The underlying bitter taste will not be covered up in the lime daiquiri.
Add Flavor to Your Daiquiri
This recipe is the basis for a whole variety of frozen daiquiris and almost any fruit will complement the lime. Pineapple or strawberry rum add instant intrigue. You can also infuse herbs like rosemary, lavender, or mint into a syrup or the rum for even more dimension.
Another option is to add a liqueur. Taking a hint from the Hemingway daiquiri, a shot of maraschino is a nice boost and creates what is sometimes called a Floridita daiquiri.
For a big change in flavor, add your favorite fresh fruits to the blender. The banana daiquiri is a perfect example. Simply cut the fruit into chunks for easier blending and don't be afraid of mixing flavors. Pineapple-kiwi, strawberry-banana, apricot-peach...the combinations are endless.
How Strong Is the Frozen Lime Daiquiri?
Frozen cocktails are tricky when it comes to estimating their final strength because the entire volume of ice becomes part of the drink. This naturally makes the drink lighter in alcohol than cocktails of any other style.
If you were to use 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of ice with an 80 proof rum, the average frozen daiquiri would be right around 7 percent alcohol by volume (14 proof). It's slightly higher the average beer, so you can get away with overpouring your rum. It will give your drink even more flavor and you won't have to worry about getting drunk off the first round.